Who doesn’t love a good glass of wine? The truth is, most of us appreciate a glass of vino from time to time. In fact, a glass of red wine a day is often recommended by medical professionals to help ward off heart disease. I think that’s a medical prescription we can all get on board with. Because wine is such an enjoyable decadence, tasting vacations have become some of the most popular vacations around. Gone are the days when people traveled to beaches and all-inclusives; now they travel to wineries. Here are three of the country’s best winery destinations.
Close your mouth; the west is not the only wine making destination in the country. Virginia is home to nearly 230 wineries and endless views of the mountains and the grape vines. If you’re looking to take a trip to one of Virginia’s most amazing wine regions, try Charlottesville. Visit Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Estate, taste some wine and enjoy a view of the Blue Ridge mountains.
Now, I know that Oregon has some of the most amazing wine in the country. In fact, my husband and I find ourselves scouring the shelves for bottles produced in Oregon because we know they’ll be perfect. Willamette Valley – a name you should recognize from the wine list at most restaurants – is one of the most prestigious wine making areas in the west. You can sample beautiful reds and even take a drive down the highway to do a few olive oil samplings.
We can’t talk about the best wine destinations in the country without talking about California. Both Napa Valley and Sonoma County have some beautiful wineries and estates. The Auberge du Soleil in Napa offers a restaurant that overlooks the valley from the gorgeous outdoor seating high above the grounds. The Sterling Vineyards – my favorite vineyard around – requires that you ride an aerial tram from the parking lot to the winery, providing you with views you simply cannot describe as anything but breathtaking.